Jon Krakauer Rhetorical Analysis Essay

Superior Essays
Written in 1996 and published in 1997
Jon Krakauer - 1954-present
20th century - Modern writing with some uses of slang in the text
Key Quotations:
“Morality had remained a conveniently hypothetical concept, an idea to ponder in the abstract. Sooner or later the divestiture of such a privileged innocence was inevitable, but when it finally happened the show was magnified by the sheer superfluity of the carnage” (Krakauer, 283). Krakauer’s experience at Everest was more than just an experience to Everest, it was a very shocking lesson in life and death. The disaster changed him forever by destroying his innocence and it continually affected him.
“I suspected that each of my teammates hoped as fervently as I that Hall had been careful to weed out clients of dubious ability, and would have the means to protect each of us from one another's shortcomings” (Krakauer 38). Everyone that joined the expedition relied on Hall to make sure that each client had the experience and ability to go on the expedition. Teammates work together and help one another out, therefore it is important for the guide to refuse clients with doubtful ability or experience with mountain climbing.
"Hall was charging $65,000 a head to guide clients to the top of the world" (Krakauer 35). Each client was willing to pay and go through so much hardship just
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Krakauer is a mountain climber and when Outside Magazine asks him to write an article on commercialism on Everest, Krakauer agrees to climb once the cost was paid for. However, even though he was able to successfully summit Everest and return alive, his expedition was deadly. “The magnitude of this calamity was so far beyond anything I’d ever imagined that my brain simply shorted out and went dark” (Krakauer, 276). His experience on Everest continually affected him, and he blamed himself for at least one person’s death. His experience on Everest changed him because of his

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